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Lord Simon of Highbury: ONS produces two measures of employment. The workforce in employment survey of employers, which counts jobs, and the labour force survey of households, which counts persons. At March 1997 the Workforce in Employment in Great Britain stood at 25,530,000, a net change of -1,025,000 jobs since June 1990. This contrasts with the Labour Force Survey, which stood
Lord Simon of Highbury: There is no unique measure of the industrial base. The Government aim to broaden the wealth creating base by pursuing policies which will create a better skilled workforce and a modernised infrastructure, encourage investment, help nurture small firms and new technologies, and attack long-term and youth unemployment.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The Government's overall aim is to ensure high quality provision that meets the needs of all students age 16-19 in an efficient and effective manner. The Government are continuing research into the comparative funding costs of different education and training routes for 16-19 year-old students.
Baroness Blackstone: Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland are responsible for the provision of youth services in their areas. Her Majesty's Government are taking forward proposals for an audit of youth service provision in England and are considering a similar audit in Wales. This will provide definitive, up-to-date information to inform central and local government's strategic long-term plans for the service. There are no plans for a similar audit in Scotland, but Scotland has a strong youth sector with a wide range of facilities in most communities run either by the statutory or voluntary sector. Youth work provision within the statutory sector is reviewed on a
Baroness Blackstone: It would be premature for any university to introduce top-up fees in advance of the report of the Dearing Inquiry into Higher Education and the follow-up to the report. We shall be considering very carefully the recommendations of the report on the future development and funding of higher education, having regard to our policy to widen opportunities for all individuals to enable them to fulfil their intellectual and personal potential and to engage in learning throughout life.
Baroness Blackstone: The National curriculum will continue as the main vehicle for developing communication skills pre-16. A communications unit (module) is mandatory in Part One GNVQ, currently available on a pilot basis in some schools for 14-16 year-olds.
In view of the statements of the Chancellor of the Exchequer that there will be no changes to the spending allocations for education, whether they anticipate changing the current legislation (the Education Act 1988) to allow themselves to use the balances held by individual schools to help fund the reduction in class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds; and
Whether they foresee any occasion where they would be prepared to use the balances currently held by individual schools to support LEA education budgets.
Baroness Blackstone: We have no immediate plans on these issues, but we shall review all aspects of the department's spending priorities, including school funding methodologies, as part of the arrangements announced on 11 June by my right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
(a) primary schools; and
(b) secondary schools;
for each LEA at the end of 1996-97.
Baroness Blackstone: The information requested is not yet available for 1996-97. The following table sets out the corresponding information for 1995-96 in respect of primary and secondary schools maintained by local education authorities, in England.
|Primary (£000s)||Secondary (£000s)|
|Barking & Dagenham||1,841||936|
|Corporation of London||-3||0|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1,269||767|
|Hereford and Worcester||6,439||3,104|
|Isle of Wight||834||367|
|Isles of Scilly||11||14|
|Kensington and Chelsea||893||288|
|Kingston upon Thames||1,423||294|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||2,185||1,934|
|Richmond upon Thames||1,431||566|
The figures have been derived from the LMS outturn statements prepared by LEAs under section 122 of the Education Act 1996 (formerly section 42 of the Education Reform Act 1988).
Middle schools have been assigned to the primary or secondary sectors as appropriate.